data suggests that both elderly people and young children can benefit from
getting together to do activities –
Living in a multi-generational household is less common than it
used to be so it is less likely that older and younger generations spend much
time together. With the busy lives of most families, even seeing grandparents
might be a challenge and so children and grandparents miss out on that all
important bonding time. Families are also more dispersed so different
generations might not live near each other, but the importance of inter-generational
Care Hub is a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising the quality of
elderly care in the UK and they are keen advocates of a better quality of life
for older people. They have, therefore, been highlighting the benefits of
inter-generational contact and joint activities.
Of Older And Younger Generations Spending Time Together
There are many benefits for different generations spending time
together including, but not limited to:
Both age groups can learn new skills from each other
Both age groups can learn about relevant aspects of their different generations
Older people have a sense of purpose and children feel a sense of doing something for others
Children gain an understanding of the elderly and growing older
Children may lose any fear of the elderly they have
The older adults can avoid loneliness
Depression and other mental health issues may be alleviated in older adults
Older adults with dementia may see some symptoms reduce
Older adults provide a patient and understanding ear to children who have plenty to share
That Benefit Both Generations
There are some really enjoyable activities than can benefit both
parties and encourage great relationships to develop:
stories (real or make believe)
and cooking a meal
Dominique Kent, Joint Founder of the Live-In Care Hub, is a
passionate advocate for better elderly care in the UK. “We know from our research that one-to-one care at home with a live-in carer results in better
health and wellbeing for the vast majority of elderly people. Live-in care also
enables better contact with all generations of a family in a familiar home
environment where routines and meal times can easily be altered to accommodate
With live-in care there are no restrictions imposed to prevent people
enjoying life as fully as possible. So it is
important that older people understand that care in their own home is a viable
The Live-In Care Hub carry out independent research and their website offers practical tips, advice and support to those seeking elderly care for themselves or for a relative. Find out more at www.liveincarehub.co.uk.
Fiber is something we need daily in our diet to maintain proper health. In
this article, we will discuss what fiber is, why we need it, and how we can
have it in our lives. Fiber is a carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. It
helps our bodies regulate blood sugar and keeps our hunger levels in check.
Fiber has many health benefits and we can obtain fiber through food or
There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber can be
dissolved in water. It has been shown to lower glucose and cholesterol levels.
Insoluble fiber will not dissolve in water. It helps food to move more quickly
through the digestive system and helps to regulate the body and prevent
constipation. Insoluble fiber keeps an optimal pH level in the intestines by
preventing microbes from producing substances that may cause cancer in the
Typically, Americans only consume 15 grams of fiber per day. Recommendations for adult men is 30 to 38 grams per day. Women should consume at least 21 to 25 grams of fiber per day. The recommendations for children, ages one to eight, is that children should consume at least 19-25 grams of fiber per day. Young teenage boys, under the age of 18, should consume at least 31-38 grams of fiber per day. Girls, under the age of 18, should consume at least 26 grams per day. Today, children can be given fiber gummies for kids to help meet the daily requirement. Adults can also include fiber gummies daily to meet their fiber requirement.
Having fiber in our diets helps reduce the risk of conditions. Daily intake of fiber can protect against heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Type 2 diabetes can be regulated with fiber by controlling blood sugar levels. Diverticular disease, or inflammation of the intestine, and constipation can be controlled with fiber intake by helping to speed up the elimination of toxins in the intestines. Research has been conducted and shows great promise for those who have asthma might have incurred fewer symptoms with increased fiber intake. Increasing fiber will also help to achieve a healthy weight and possibly live a longer life.
Fiber can be found in beans, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pears,
avocados, bananas, beets and carrots and fortified foods such as cereals.
Soluble fiber can be found in oatmeal, nuts, beans, lentils, and apples.
Insoluble fiber can be found in wheat, brown rice, legumes, cucumbers, and
tomatoes. Supplements can be added to daily diets to help increase fiber
intake. These supplements can bump up the levels in addition to food
The ways to obtain more fiber in our diets start with eating breakfast with at least 5 or more grams of fiber per day. Just adding some wheat bran to the morning breakfast cereal or oatmeal will help. Whole grains should be added to the daily diet by having at least 2 grams per serving. This can be switching to whole grain loaves of bread or cereals instead of white loaves of bread or sugared cereals. We should incorporate more legumes, lentils, fruits, and vegetables into our daily diets. It is recommended that at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables should be in our daily diet. Baked foods can be “bulked up,” with using whole grain flours, bran, or oatmeal in place of white flours and helps to increase our fiber intake. Snacking on nuts or dried fruits will also increase fiber intake. With all this increased fiber intake, drinking lots of water is encouraged to help aid the fiber through our systems. This helps to clean our digestive systems of the harmful substances that cause diseases.
By increasing the fiber in our diets, whether through food or supplements,
fiber can help regulate our bodies and improve our health. Ideally, getting the
proper fiber levels through consuming fiber-rich food is what we should be getting
on a daily basis. This can be achieved by concentrating our diets on fiber-rich
foods and using supplements as needed to obtain better health.
In the course of your
lifetime, you have probably heard much on the benefits of eating yogurt for gut
health simply because it is rich in probiotics. You were raised on the notion
that probiotics can aid in digestion by restoring balance to the intestines and
that may, indeed, be the case. Some people who don’t like yogurt, or choose not
to eat it often enough or in sufficient quantity to be effective, might even be
taking probiotic supplements.
With the right
supplements, this is all well and good, but get the wrong supplements and you
could literally be adding insult to injury. You may actually have a probiotic
intolerance or you might be ingesting probiotics that send your system into
overload. Here is some of what you should know about the link between histamine
(the body’s response to allergens or injury) and probiotics.
A Word About Intolerance to Probiotics
Before going any further, it is important to understand how someone could possibly be intolerant to probiotics which are nothing more than proteins! Actually, did you know that allergens are proteins? From the foods we eat to the pollen and animal dander that causes the symptoms of allergies, the culprit is proteins in the substance. That’s the plain and simple truth.
Taking that one step further, consider the current confusion about gluten intolerance and how so many people have simply stopped eating bread or foods with wheat that contain gluten. Are you aware of the fact that gluten is the protein in wheat that gives bread its pliability and causes it to be soft and not grainy? Few people are actually gluten intolerant but experience symptoms because they consume way too much of this questionable substance. The same holds true of probiotics, and with less than 1% of the population truly probiotic intolerant, the symptoms of intolerance could very well stem from one or two issues.
The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly
Actually, there are
good guys and bad guys like in any great crime mystery, and your job is to
determine which probiotics are causing the symptoms you are experiencing. Sites
like Vitamonk give a great explanation of which probiotics aid in gut health
along with a list of those you should avoid. Check those on the taboo list and
you will find that some or all of them are in the supplements you thought would
aid in digestion.
Digestion isn’t the
only issue you may be faced with when taking the wrong probiotics. Probiotics
will trigger the body to produce histamines which counteract an allergic
response or aid in the healing process when the body is injured. Unfortunately,
those on the no-no list cause the body to produce too much histamine which
starts a chain reaction that isn’t at all good. The body recognizes an invader
and immediately begins producing even more histamine and this cycle continues
until it is no longer tasked with digesting those probiotics. Those are the
ones to avoid in supplements you take.
Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bath Water!
In the end, you are
likely to simply discard the notion of taking probiotics at all. That would be
a grave mistake! The right probiotics found on sites like Vitamonk can trigger
just the right amount of histamine to be produced. The ‘good guys’ will,
indeed, foster gut health as well as reducing or eliminating the symptoms of
Your key takeaway here is that you’d be making a grave error in judgment if you throw the baby out with the bathwater. The ‘baby’ would be those beneficial probiotics and those are the ones you need. By all means take supplements, but only those considered to be low-histamine probiotics. Too much of a good thing or ingesting the wrong probiotics is just as bad (or worse!) than taking none at all. Go low-histamine and you are literally good to go.
If you’re concerned about your health, you probably read the label when buying groceries. It’s a great way to find out how much fat, salt, and sugar are in a product you’re putting in your body.
But often people buy cosmetics and skincare products based on what the pretty labels promise, not what the products actually contain. It’s understandable — many labels feature a dozen ingredients or more, and you probably don’t recognise half the words! But understanding skincare labels is important because your skin is absorbent and those ingredients could end up in your bloodstream.
So, here’s a handy 5-step guide to deciphering the ingredients list
on skincare products so you can make healthy choices:
Step 1: Check
Ingredients on skincare labels are listed in descending order of
concentration. So, ingredients at the top are present in high concentrations,
while those at the bottom might barely be present. To be listed at all, an
ingredient must make up 2% or more of the product.
This is important to know because the part of the label that is
marketing a product to you may conflict with its ingredients. If you’re
thinking of buying a moisturiser because the label has pictures of macadamias
on it, check the label. If macadamia oil is near the bottom of the list, there
may only be a very small amount present.
Instead, you want to see the most potent ingredients at the top of
Look our for
Almost all skincare products contain water, so some kind of
preservative is needed to prevent bacterial contamination.
One of the most common preservatives used is paraben. This is an estrogen-mimicking chemical that has been linked to increased breast cancer risk and potential reproductive problems for men. Keep an eye out for methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben — if you see those on the ingredients list, don’t buy.
It’s entirely possible to preserve skincare products without parabens. Natural skincare companies like Okana use weak acids to slow bacterial growth. Sometimes these preservatives don’t even need to be added because they occur naturally in other ingredients. For example, one of the preservatives in Okana’s Apple Juice Foaming Cleanser is an amino acid derived from apples.
Step 3: Learn a
There may be words on the ingredients list you don’t recognise. If
they look like they could be spells from Harry Potter, they are probably Latin
words. Generally, these are the scientific names for botanical ingredients.
For example, hamamelis virginiana is
American witch hazel and aloe
barbedensis is a naturally growing aloe plant used make aloe vera.
Generally, natural ingredients like these are good but if you’re unsure your might want to check online For example, borago officinalis or star-flower can be used to treat a range of skin conditions but can also have harmful side effects for some people.
Step 4: Check
It’s easy to feel cautious when you see chemical names on an
ingredients list, but don’t assume the worst straight away. After all, the
scary-sounding dihydrogen monoxide is simply water, while sodium anisate is
completely natural chemical obtained from anise and fennel.
But there are plenty of chemical names you should avoid. You can
always look up ingredients on your phone if you’re unsure but a few key
chemicals to look out for are:
Sodium lauryl sulfate
Step 5: Avoid
We all like nice smells, but when they’re created with artificial
fragrances alarm bells should ring.
Some fragrances may be composed from essential oils or flower extracts, while others are cocktails of chemicals — including known carcinogens and irritants. The problem is, a regulatory loophole allows companies to avoid listing the actual ingredients that make the ‘fragrance’ listed in the label.
As with second-hand smoke, fragrances can be harmful to both users and bystanders, especially are in sprays or misting products. Immediate effects from chemical fragrances can include contact dermatitis and severe headaches, and long-term health risks are a real possibility.
Studies have found up to 4% of the general population are sensitized to typical fragrance ingredients. In New Zealand, that’s nearly a quarter of a million people!
Find a brand you
If you want to spare yourself reading through ingredients lists every time you buy a skincare product, find a brand you can trust and stick to it. Okana is a great choice because the company is a committed natural skincare company that avoids thickeners, stabilizers, fragrances, and synthetic preservatives altogether.
In fact, Okana is one of the only skincare companies in the world to
consistently use advanced self-preserving formulas and food-grade ingredients
for mass production. Most Okana products contain just a handful of natural
ingredients, so you get products that are potent and safe.
A recent study in theJournal of the American Medical Association recommended that all United States Doctors should be screening patients for alcohol abuse. This recommendation is an update from the previous guidance set forth in 2013 which stated that screening should take place if alcohol misuse was suspected.
Alcohol misuse, according to the previous study, was used to define a wide range of drinking behaviors including risky alcohol use, harmful alcohol use, and alcohol abuse or alcohol addiction.The most recent update to the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on alcohol screenings states that individuals that are suspected of any unhealthy alcohol use should be screened. The study found, “the net benefit of screening and brief behavioral counseling interventions for unhealthy alcohol use in adults, including pregnant women, is moderate.” Evidence from the study is insufficient to determine a balance between the benefits and harms associated with screening and brief counseling for unhealthy alcohol use in adolescents.
Excluding the cost of providing assessment, the
recommendations of the USPSTF that all doctors offer risk assessment screening
for alcohol use, is based on both benefits and potential harms associated with
the service. Recognizing that clinical decisions often involve
considerations versus evidence alone, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians
make individual decisions as to screening necessity based on specific patient
What is Considered Unhealthy Alcohol Use?
A standard drink, according to the CDC, “contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol.” This is generally the amount of alcohol that is found in:
A 12-ounce beer.
An 8-ounce glass of malt liquor.
5 ounces of wine.
1.5 ounces or about a shot of 80-proof distilled
spirits or liquor such as vodka, whiskey, rum or gin.
According to theAmerican Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), hazardous use of alcohol occurs when an individual drinks to a point in which the use of alcohol increases the risk of future negative health consequences. Unfortunately, a worldwide consensus as to what constitutes risky drinking has yet to be reached. However, any alcohol use among pregnant women is considered unhealthy and potentially hazardous.
Consumption of more than 1 drink per day for women, or more than 2 drinks per day for men, is considered potentially unhealthy. Excessive drinking can lead to dependence and physical withdrawal. Individuals that become addicted to alcohol often require professional alcohol detox to safely overcome the addiction.
Benefits of Physician Counseling for Alcohol Use
Although more research is necessary before the
task force can fully attest as to the benefits of modest physician counseling
or potential drawbacks of screening patients for alcohol use disorders, current
data suggests that there are zero risks associated with such interventional
treatment by physicians.
In fact, the only possible drawbacks found are
related to the possible stigma related to drinking habits and differences
between doctors in establishing clear guidelines as to what they consider to be
“unhealthy habits.” Likewise, patients may feel that the intimacy of the
patient-doctor relationship suffers as a result of the alcohol risk assessment,
but the potential for this outcome hardly negates the recommendations imposed.
Early detection of alcohol use disorder, or
potentially risky alcohol use, especially in pregnant women, leads to reduced
unhealthy alcohol use and improved behaviors. As such, the USPSTF has found
that brief behavioral counseling interventions in adults that screen positive
for risky or unhealthy alcohol use increases the likelihood that alcohol use is
reduced. Furthermore, in cases of pregnant women, counseling interventions
increase the likelihood that women abstain from alcohol use during pregnancy.
The moment that you have your first child, your world
changes. Suddenly, there is a new center of the universe and a new top
priority. You want to give your son or daughter the best life possible, and you
want to keep them happy, healthy, and connected to you and the rest of your
Raising a healthy child means regular visits to the
pediatrician, healthy foods, opportunities for games and exercise, and all of
the other things that you’re careful to provide in order to care for your
child’s physical health. But, as you may well realize, physical health isn’t
everything: We also need to care for the mental health of our children.
Caring for your
Just as with physical health, achieving great mental health requires good everyday decisions. In fact, your child’s mental health relies on many of the same things that his or her physical health does. A great diet, plenty of exercise, and regular sleep patterns are all good for a person’s mental health, just as they are for a person’s physical health.
The support of a loving family matters enormously, too. Bring your family together for meals and other moments — and be a good example of work-life balance by taking family vacations. Heading down to Florida may not seem like a mental health treatment, but experts say that it actually is. There’s a ton of evidence to support that a relaxing day on the beach and a West Palm Beach sunset cruise can actually calm us down, lower our stress levels, make us happier (and even physically healthier), and return us to our daily lives feeling recharged and being measurably more productive at school or work.
Another key to great mental health is communication, and
that’s particularly important to parents and children. Your child isn’t going
to go set up his or her own mental health care appointment and drive him or
herself there. You need to know what is going on in his or her head. Encourage
healthy communication and know how to get your child to open up, so that you
have a better chance of identifying mental health issues early instead of
finding out later that your child hid them from you.
What to do when
things go wrong
Mental health and physical health have a lot in common,
but we don’t always recognize that. We can keep our child eating healthy foods
and exercising, yet we won’t be surprised if our child comes down with a
physical ailment. Can we appreciate the same truth about mental health?
The fact of the matter is that, while there is much that you can and should do to care for your child’s mental health, you can’t control everything. Mental health issues are very common, even among children, and especially among teens. If your child shows symptoms of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other common problems, don’t take it personally or blame yourself, but do take it seriously.
In situations like these, experts say, you should seek professional help. Seek out mental health care providers like psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists. Consider inpatient rehab, too, such as Polaris adolescent residential treatment centers for mental health issues. Sometimes, getting your child away from difficult situations and familiar settings can help enormously.
Just like physical health, mental health requires regular care. Also like physical health, it sometimes requires us to go to the doctor. When you make mental health a priority in your family, you’ll help your children live the life you want for them.
has been on my bucket list for years. And it is always the weather that stopped
me. I have travelled through Scotland before and, despite being a wonderful
trip, I also remember how it rained every day.
end, my curiosity about nature in Ireland outweighed my worries about the
weather, and I decided to go backpacking in Ireland alone.
also planning a backpacking trip to Ireland? Here is some first-hand advice.
Plan your transport ahead
not sound as idyllic as this means you will need to have a travel itinerary,
but the truth is Ireland is not that cheap, and the options of public transport
are not available in huge numbers. Trains won’t bring you everywhere, but buses
will. Unfortunately, during summer months these buses can be overly crowded,
overbooked and very expensive.
Check the weather forecast.
weather forecast is particularly good advice if you are planning to see the
cliffs of Moher, and let’s be honest who doesn’t? Whether you are set on doing
the long cliff walk or just a quick visit, it is best to keep this activity on
a flexible schedule.
reason is you don’t want to see the cliffs in poor weather conditions with low
visibility. I stayed for two days in the region of the cliffs and went for the
best day. It was still raining in the morning, but I got blue skies in the
Unfortunately, I forget about the excellent advice when booking the boat trip along the cliffs. Let’s say my views were limited to hanging overboard and seeing the water surface. So it is always a good idea to visit Ireland during the best season and don’t forget to check the weather forecast.
Get a heritage card
are the type of backpacker that loves visiting ancient and historical
attractions then we recommend purchasing a heritage cord. Heritage Card costs
about 25 euros and will save you lots of money as it offers free entrance to
all fee-paying heritage sites in Ireland. Even if you are only visiting Burren
National Park, Skellig Michael and a few castles it’s already worth the money.
Getting sick, loss of luggage or items, cancellation of the flight. Many things can go wrong when backpacking Ireland alone. Don’t let this ruins your trip and get backpack travel insurance in advance. Travel insurance from the trusted Ireland Insurance Company will cover most undesirable costs and will give you peace of mind.
A lot in
Ireland is aimed at students, including the accommodations that you can use
when you go backpacking. There are youth hostels everywhere, with common rooms
that are quite affordable. You can make contact here with other young people
from all over the world. Two great reasons if you are backpacking Ireland
are hoping to get a bit more luxury, there is the option to sleep in one of the
many hotels or a bed & breakfast or a guest house. All these accommodations
have their star rating, which runs from 1 to 5 stars.
The way we live says a lot about us. Lifestyle means a
lot to us and is about more than how much fun you’re having or how much work
you’re getting done. It also has a profound effect on your mental health.
That’s why it’s smart to take a step back and examine
your own lifestyle. How is it helping your mental health? How it is hurting?
The consequences of a lifestyle that runs counter to your mental health
interests can be severe, so take action and build a better, healthier life.
Is your lifestyle
good for you?
Everyday, we make decisions (or follow through on
powerful habit loops) that affect our mental health, whether we realize it or
not. And, over time, these decisions can add up to a complete mental health
picture — for better or for worse. Let’s take a closer look at your lifestyle.
Mental health and physical health are much more closely connected than many of us realize, and a poor diet and lack of exercise can bring down your mood and make you more vulnerable to all kinds of common mental health conditions.
Consider stress. What about your environment — including
your home, your commute, and your work environment — might contribute to higher
stress levels? What about your work, your career, and your current work-life
balance (or lack thereof) might be raising your stress?
What about the place that you live in? Big cities with competitive work environments tend to lead to higher stress levels, so residents of places such as Washington, D.C., may want to be more proactive about their mental health than others, expert DC therapists point out — though they emphasize that virtually anyone can benefit from therapy.
Are you seeking treatment for any mental health issues?
Are you in therapy? You probably visit the doctor regularly for physical
checkups — do you do the same for your mind?
What a rough
lifestyle can do to your mind
All of the questions and concerns above are important
because, if you’re not careful, your wrong answers could lead to serious mental
Anxiety disorders are, when taken together, the most common form of mental health issues. They can be triggered and exacerbated by stress — the same sort of stress that is caused by your lack of work-life balance or your busy, competitive life in a big city like Washington, D.C.
Depression is common, too, and it can be worsened by the
low moods you’ll experience when you fail to get proper nutrition or exercise
And other, less common mental health issues can arise
from environmental factors — including basic, ongoing lifestyle decisions —
too. So get smart and change your life.
Building a better
The idea of changing your whole lifestyle to improve
your mental health can be overwhelming. But you don’t have to do all of this at
once, and reprogramming habit loops for the better will help you achieve
long-term, sustainable change.
Tackle bad habits first, and start fighting for the
little things that will improve your mental health, such as a vacation or a
rule against answering emails after hours. Leave a bit earlier to make your
big-city commute less stressful. Aim for sustainable changes — rather than
crash diets — and try adding vegetables in and swapping out a few unhealthy
favorites for healthier options. And, above all, get some professional help.
Your mental health is an important dimension of your overall health, and it
deserves the same professional care that you’d give your physical health.
A medical malpractice attorney or a Miami medical misdiagnosis attorney protects you when a medical professional or a institution handled your case with negligence. Medical malpractice is a very common but a lot of people feel overwhelmed because they have been hurt by the very same person that set out to help them.
If you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice at the hands of
a doctor, a nurse, or an institution, you have every right to receive
compensation for additional medical expenses you have to go through to sort out
the new problems created by this negligence.
But proving a doctor or a medical institution is a very tricky business. Doctors and institutions have a strong legal team that protects them against cases of medical malpractice. This is why if you believe you have been hurt by a doctor’s negligence, you should seek help from a medical malpractice lawyer in Miami.
Here are 2 top reasons why should hire a medical misdiagnosis
Getting help from a medical malpractice lawyer is a lot of
relief from the stress you may have gotten from the negligence of the doctor.
These professionals have specialized knowledge about negligence law which they
apply to your case in order to help you win the the case against giant medical
institutions and popular doctors. With a medical negligence lawyer on your
side, here are some of the most common benefits you’ll enjoy.
Get the Full
Compensation You Deserve
Insurance companies have strong legal teams that try to reduce
the expenses of the company by making sure that compensation stays limited, no
matter what the case is. And no matter how hard you try, you cannot convince
them until you have a professional negotiator on your side.
As it turns out, medical malpractice attorneys are perfect negotiators
that do so well to win an argument that they almost always get you more
compensation that you could ever imagine. This is why having one at your side
in such a case is so important.
Higher Chances of
Winning a Case
So you have decided to sue a medical institution or a doctor
with accusations of medical malpractice? How do you know that you have a solid
case against them? Just being injured by the doctor isn’t enough to help you
win the case, it requires good knowledge of the medical system as well as the
Lawyers have spent years studying negligence law and they
practice it every day in the court to help victims like you. With one at your
side, you can be certain that you’ll have high chances of winning the case as
opposed to going out there alone.
Just like any other legal battle, you should always pick your attorney very carefully. No matter what the case is or how strong the opponent is, an experienced and talented lawyer will make a huge difference. This is why when you are hiring a lawyer, never be hesitant to ask them about their experience and achievements.
Staying healthy requires us to eat well, exercise, take
the right medicines and supplements, and regularly visit our doctors. But these
aren’t all things that we do consciously. If we had to check our schedules
every time we ate an apple or ran a mile, we’d never do any of that stuff. In
reality, of course, health is built on habits.
Our habits are incredibly powerful. They’re what we do when we’re not thinking. And when we’ve managed to shape our habits in a positive way, we achieve a healthy long-term lifestyle.
That’s a gift that we can share. We can dedicate our
lives — and our careers — to the healthy habits and products that have made
such an enormous difference in our own lives. Here’s how.
The health and
Businesses are started with purposes. If you’re a health
nut with the mind of an entrepreneur, your calling may lie with the health and
You can’t take other people’s supplements for them or do their exercise routine
for them, but you can help them — while also making a few bucks for yourself.
In the health and lifestyle industry, you can guide customers to great healthy
products, supplements, and solutions.
The health and lifestyle space is a great choice for small-business owners and entrepreneurs. These sorts of businesses are things that you can run out of your own home. Start-up costs and overhead are manageably low. And the potential for real earnings is definitely there. Americans are waking up to the consequences of years of unhealthy living, and we’re seeing more and more trends that indicate just how drawn people are to exercise options, diet choices, health supplements, and other related solutions, services, and products.
If that sounds like your kind of thing, then you’ll want
to read on.
Starting a business is never easy. Health and lifestyle
businesses are no exception.
Before you get started, you’ll need a business plan. You
need to work hard on your plan and do your research carefully and extensively.
Before you put your money and your future on the line, you need to know your
business’ target customer base, long-term goals, and immediate financial
Work with an attorney to set your business up properly. Making your business a legal entity can help to insulate you from potential financial stresses your business could encounter. It will also make life a whole lot easier — and whole lot less expensive — at tax time.
You’ll also need the right business partners. Running a store that offers supplements or branding products online does not require you to make your own vitamins in your basement (please don’t do this). You’re going to partner with supplement manufacturers and suppliers. They’ll keep you stocked with healthy products and, in many cases, can even help you brand your products. Your customers will know your brand, and you’ll know that they’re getting the finest supplements and health products.
The health and lifestyle industry is a unique place to
be in. You’ll be working to make money, just like everyone else, but your
purpose will be greater than that. For those of us who dedicate our lives to
helping our customers live healthier, each day on the job matters. You’ll still
have tough days, of course, and regular business concerns. But the
entrepreneurs, managers, manufacturers, and others who make their living in
health and lifestyle products can know in their hearts that their work is
making life better for others, and that’s a truly wonderful thing.
If you or someone you know was a victim of medical
malpractice, you know how devastating and overwhelming these circumstances can
be. You might lose time, money, and functions you have otherwise grown
accustomed to having.
Many people think they can file a lawsuit against a
physician for anything they feel they did wrong. But the truth is that there
are specific requirements for a case to be considered malpractice and qualify
for a hearing.
standard of care
Failure to deliver standard of care is one of the most important elements in determining whether or not an incident is malpractice. It’s an often misunderstood legal term that basically means the patient was treated with acceptable medical care by competent health care professionals. And if it can be proven that this was not the case, then it might be possible to bring a lawsuit for against the individual or establishment responsible.
But breach of standard of care is not enough to present
a case. The patient must also prove that the physician or institution was
negligent in doing so. They must prove that their pain, injury, or death (in
the case of a family suing on behalf of a loved one) was the direct result of
For example, let’s say there is a treatment available
that has been very successful with a certain type of cancer. If a physician
knows about it and does not use it, he or she could be liable if the patient
suffers in any way as a result.
While malpractice laws vary slightly from country to country, negligence is a fairly standard criteria for warranting a lawsuit. This means California lawyers and Kamloops lawyers, for instance, would be looking for the exact same evidence to build a case against a medical professional when there is suspected malpractice.
If both breach of care and negligence is found in a medical
situation, it must then be proven that they resulted in significant damages. In
some cases, even small amounts of damages can be approved for litigation. But
the legal fees to pursue it may not be worth the effort.
Damages can be broken down into economic and noneconomic categories. And either one is allowable for recovery, provided they meet all the criteria. Economic losses might include lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, etc. And noneconomic damages can be things like mental anguish, disfigurement, death, or anything else that diminishes the patient’s quality of life.
One example of medical malpractice that could likely
meet all the above criteria is a misdiagnosis. For example, say a patient goes
to the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack, but the attending
physician fails to run the appropriate tests. If this patient ends up actually
suffering a heart attack, the doctor could be held responsible. In this case,
you can clearly identify neglect and breach of standard of care.
Another example could be medication errors. Let’s say someone who just finished a medical assistant diploma program gave a patient in his care the wrong dosage of medicine. If the patient becomes ill because of this mistake, the caregiver will probably be liable. But in this situation, the case becomes a bit trickier.
For one thing, there are very few medical professionals
actually trained and allowed to administer medication. Many facilities do hire
medication aides with only certificates for this task. But if the person who
made this error was not trained, his supervisor and possibly attending
physician will also be held responsible.
With several dental secrets floating around the internet, there has been a rise in the number of cheap dental implant providers in London and other locations up and down the UK which are becoming more and more popular. This is due to the amazing results that they provide at a significantly lower cost. Here we are going to look at some of the other well-kept secrets that you need to know before your next visit to the dentist.
Don’t Need To Visit Every Six Months
One of the secrets that dentists will never
tell you is that you do not need to visit the dentist every six months, but
rather once every year- this is only if your oral hygiene is as up to date! It
is important that you visit the dentist as quickly as possible if you are
feeling any discomfort as this could be the beginning signs of a much bigger
Pulling Does Work
Another secret that dentists will never
tell you is that oil pulling does work. This unorthodox method of whitening
teeth is often glossed over by dentists who would much rather you opt for a conventional
tooth whitening method in their office which could cost you significantly more.
This is an at-home treatment that uses oils such as coconut oil to gradually
remove the stains from your teeth without the use of harsh chemicals or even a
visit to the dentist. With some simple online research, you can undertake an
oil pulling treatment at home completely risk-free.
Is Not All Bad
Many sources have been reporting on the use
of fluoride in oral hygiene for several years with differing results. Although
it is scientifically proven that too much fluoride can be harmful to the teeth,
it has also been proven that a little amount of fluoride can gradually
strengthen the teeth and help to strengthen enamel. This small amount of
fluoride can be found in specialised mouthwash and can be added to your every
day routine with ease. This is vital as this ensures that you have the fluoride
that you need to keep the teeth health without using to much.
tanks Are There To Calm The Patient
The fish tank that you often see in the
dentist isn’t just for decoration. This fish tank is most likely there to calm
the patients in the waiting room by creating a calming environment. With a
combination of bright coloured fish and the calming whir of the pump, this can
help to calm those that are waiting whilst creating a
calming environment post-treatment. This is particularly beneficial for those
that fear the dentist as this is a distraction tactic to help calm the patient
and ensure that they are feeling as relaxed as possible both before and after.
Each of these are top tips that your
dentists do not want you to know and are something that you can look out for on
your next trip.
fungal infection is such a nuisance but there are effective ways to deal with
think that ringworm is caused by a worm but that is not the case. It is
actually caused by a fungus and it gets the name ringworm from the shape it
forms when it develops on the skin. Ringworm is characterized by a circular
rash on the skin that has distinct edges. It looks like a worm that has its
ends joined to form a ring and as such, the infection has come to be identified
common in school going children but it can also be found in adults who don’t
uphold the best hygiene practices. It is spread through contact with an
infected surface and it appears on different parts of the body. Clothes and
surfaces such as locker rooms and bathrooms harbour the fungus and one can
easily catch it after coming into contact with the infected surfaces.
common in people who have compromised immune systems. It spreads easily among
groups of people who spend a lot of time together and such as families and
athletes since there is a long of skin to skin contact.
mother can easily get it from her child when she is breastfeeding and an
athlete can get it from another when they share clothing in the changing room.
Treatment for Ringworm
Ring worm is quite irritating but the good thing is that it doesn’t come with harsh complications. The ringworm rash can be treated with topical creams and it will gradually disappear. However, when the ringworm develops on the scalp, topical treatments will not be ideal as such treatments do not penetrate the scalp properly for effective treatment.
a case, you will require oral antifungal medications that are more intensive
than topical creams. The treatment will take approximately 6 weeks but it will
help clear the infection once and for all.
Transmission from Animals
is one of the diseases that humans share with animals and as such, one can get
it from coming into contact with an infected animal. Pets such as cats and dogs
are known to suffer ringworm infections and the fungus will get to you when you
pet or play with them. Cows also bear the infection and you can get infected
with ringworm when you come into contact with an infected cow.
How to Prevent Ringworm
best way to prevent the spread of ringworm is by observing high levels of hygiene.
You should also avoid sharing your clothing and personal items with others as
this is the easiest way to get the infection transferred to you.
should make sure that kids don’t share caps with their friends as they can
easily get the fungus transferred to their scalps.
should also avoid contact with infected animals. Monitor your pets for signs of
ringworm and get them treated so as to prevent the infection from spreading in
you or any other member in your home gets ringworm, seek medical attention
immediately so as to prevent its spread.
Whether you are planning to go on camping with your friends or family, rotten food and warm drinks are the last things that you’ll want on your trip. Camping fridges from CampSmart can be one of the most effective tools to make sure your food stays fresh and your drinks cool when you need them. A camping fridge can easily set you back with a bill of $350 to $2,500 depending on its size and brand.
To buy the best camping fridge as a part of your caravan and camping accessories, you’ll need to know exactly how you’ll use it. Some important questions that should come to your mind include ‘how many people will be using the fridge’, ‘how much time do you plan to spend on your camping trip’ and ‘how big is your vehicle’.
This camping fridge buying guide will help you pick the
best fridge out there for your family camping trip.
The Types of
Before you start your research into buying brand new camping fridges from CampSmart, it is a good idea to learn about what kind of fridges are available. Ideally, there are fridges that have two-way compressor and fridges that have three-way absorption. The biggest difference between the two is that the compressor fridge requires electric power which can be your car battery, whereas absorption fridges can run on an electric power source or gas.
How to Buy The
Best Camping Fridge
When looking for a camping fridge, you must consider your
budget, the size of your family, and any particular features you need in the
camping fridge. Here are some key points you must consider before buying a
The Cost of
Camping fridges can be bought anywhere from $350 to $
2,500 depending on its size, type, and brand. When you have figured out the
things you need in the fridge, then look for it under your budget.
The Size of The
Size matters a lot when it comes to camping fridges. But
keep in mind the larger the fridge is, the more space it will take on your
vehicle. You should consider the size of the fridge based on these factors:
The size of the
group – The more the people on the trip, the larger the fridge
The length of the
trip – The longer you intend to spend outside, the more space you’ll
need in your fridge. Bigger size are especially effective when you are
traveling to remote areas with no shops to restock supplies.
The type of food
you’ll be bringing – If you are a fan of fresh food, then
you’ll need a fridge that is able to carry that food.
The size of your
vehicle – Does your car have enough space to carry a big
fridge? Consider this if you have a small car with limited space.
With these considerations in mind, you should easily be
able to find the best camping fridge out there with affordability in mind.
May is the time when we look at the mental health problems that are affecting the nation. Mental Health Awareness Month helps us realize that we have quite a ways to go when it comes to taking care of the mental health of us and people around us. Whether we are having problems with ourselves, a family member, or anybody in our lives, talking to an online counselor can help.
With that said, some people don’t want to see a therapist in person. That’s why online options have been growing in popularity. Here are some reasons why online therapy has been growing in popularity.
Has a Way to Communicate
It used to be that a cell phone was a luxury item.
Nowadays, most have the ability to take out their phone and communicate with a
People communicate in different ways too. Some people love
to talk with their own voice, while others express themselves via text. Some
like a video conversation. Online counseling offers all three of those, and
odds are, you have a device that can perform every option possible. Most have
service that allows for an online video call. No longer do you have to deal
with stuttering video or a dropped call.
Find a Better Fit
There are many therapists out there, and not every therapist
is a good fit for you. Some therapists can be great at their job, but their
style just doesn’t click with you. You may have preferences with age, gender,
or type of therapy they offer. In real life, there are fewer options, it seems.
When it comes to online therapy though, there are a lot more options and more
ways to be matched up with a therapist who is right for you.
With 24 hour jobs and people who make their own schedules,
a traditional therapist’s hours are sometimes not doable. Online therapy allows
you to be matched up with a therapist who has plenty of experience and can talk
to you on your schedule. This is great for people who work odd hours or college
students who just can’t seem to find enough time in the day. We say to try that
and see how it works for you.
We understand that some people need help right now. Maybe they are
having a massive panic attack and need a professional to remind them how to
calm down. Perhaps they are having an argument with their spouse and need
someone who can deescalate the situation. No matter the reason, life doesn’t
allow you to wait until the next day. Online therapy can connect you with a
therapist who can calm you down or help you recover when you’re at your weakest,
which is always important.
There are online therapists for everyone. People who just
need someone to talk to, people who have mild depression, and even people who
have severe mental health issues can benefit. There are different therapists
for all levels of mental illness, and they provide various techniques that can
help you when you’re at your most vulnerable.
If you are dealing with a mental health problem, talking
to a professional and receiving the right kind of help is the most important
thing you can do. We cannot stress that enough. Talk to a counselor, either in
person or online, and see how you can deal with all the problems life throws at
Rockland County, New York, has declared a state
of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles.
The county, on the Hudson River north of NYC, has barred unvaccinated
children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed.
Violating the order will be punishable by a fine of $500 and up to six
months in prison.
The announcement follows other outbreaks of the disease in California,
Texas, Washington, and Illinois.
Vaccination rates have dropped steadily
all over the country with many parents objecting for philosophical or religious
reasons, or because they believe discredited information that vaccines cause
autism in children.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day
said: “We will not sit idly by while
children in our community are at risk.
“This is a public health crisis and it is time to sound
According to the New York Times, the outbreak in Rockland
County is largely concentrate in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. It is
believed it could have spread from other predominantly ultra-Orthodox areas
around New York which have already seen outbreaks of measles.
Ed Day said health inspectors had
encountered “resistance” from some local residents, which he branded
“unacceptable and irresponsible”.
“They’ve been told <<We’re not discussing this,
do not come back>> when visiting the homes of infected individuals as
part of their investigations,”
According to the CDC, there are 314 cases of measles currently reported in the US, with nearly half of those coming from Rockland County. The authorities had been making steady progress in encouraging religious communities to immunize children but communication had broken down in the last month.
The term hair transplant relates to a surgical procedure that uses sophisticated techniques to remove hairs from one area of the scalp and replace them in locations where clients are suffering thinning hair or baldness.
About hair transplants
The hair transplant procedure is ideal for men or women with pattern baldness conditions as a result of androgenetic alopecia or to treat scars due to burns or injuries.
Hair transplants are unsuitable for hair loss caused by alopecia aerate.
Deciding to have a hair transplant
Deciding to go for a hair transplant is not easy, and you should consider all the options beforehand. This is particularly the case for anybody who has had pattern baldness for some time. After all, a hair transplant will be a permanent alteration to your looks.
Of course, experiencing hair loss can be a traumatic experience for many men and women. So, opting for cosmetic procedures is one way to make a lifelong adjustment to your appearance. It can have very positive effects on some people and lead to renewed vigor and happiness.
Costs of hair transplants
Hair transplants do vary in cost tremendously, the NHS website states that a procedure can cost from £1,000 to £30,000 and these costs are reflective of the total area needing to be transplanted, as well as the surgical teams and clinics offering services of this nature.
What is the best solution?
If you decide to go for a hair transplant in the UK, you can check out the clinics offering this type of service on the website of the Quality Care Commission. They inspect these clinics and hospitals on a regular basis and offer performance ratings to enable patients to choose the best hair transplant clinic to suit their requirements.
You can also find out more about different surgeons online and discover how much experience they have in offering the hair transplant solutions you’re seeking and the numbers of operations they have conducted.
Many people opt for hair transplants overseas and Turkey is a very popular medical tourism destination for cosmetic procedures of this nature. If you decide to arrange your hair transplant in Turkey, you should check out the vera clinic and also find out just what services you will receive.
What does hair transplant entail?
You usually only require local anesthetic for hair transplants, so you will be awake throughout the entire procedure. You can expect procedures to take between six and 12 hours in total.
The two main procedures for hair transplant are FUT and FUE:
– FUT (follicular unit transplantation) involves the removal of a strip of skin with hairs from the sides or back of your head. These strips are then cut into hair grafts which have about two hairs. The grafts are inserted into bald or thinning patches of your scalp by way of small incisions.
– FUE (follicular unit extraction) is a technique which removes individual hairs from your scalp and these are then transplanted into incisions in the bald areas of the scalp.
You don’t generally need an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic following a hair transplant procedure; however, you should be offered aftercare services by your provider.
Where very large areas of the scalp are being transplanted, you may need further sessions a few months down the line.
There is no real pain involved in hair transplants once the local anesthetic has taken effect, although some patients complain of some discomfort. Additional pain relief can be supplied at the time if needed.
Recovering from hair transplant procedures
You should not drive straight after a hair transplant procedure, as the anesthetics or sedatives may take up to 24 hours to leave the body.
It’s usual to take some time off work, but most people don’t take more than three days at the most.
It takes around 14 days for the hair graft transplants to secure into the scalp fully, so you should be careful in the initial couple of weeks. After this, just follow your normal hair and skin care routines, although high-level exercising within the first month of transplants can increase risks of scarring.
Almost everyone agrees that physical well being should be a top priority no matter what. That isn’t surprising. The controversy often begins only when financing medical intervention is necessary. Most of us are already at a major disadvantage because America has an exceedingly pricey healthcare system. Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh at Vox publicized as much last year. They visualized several cost comparisons between the US and other developed nations. The data is sobering. With the exception of colonoscopies and CT scans, Americans paid more, on average, for standard procedures than did any of their counterparts elsewhere.
The authoring duo clearly emphasized how our domestic policies are in large part to blame. “Most other countries have some central body that negotiates prices with hospitals and drug manufacturers,” they explained. “The US doesn’t have that type of agency.” We instead rely on fragmented insurance companies to negotiate prices independently with hospitals, doctors, and the pharmaceutical industry. It should stand to reason that those players and institutions are working in our best interests yet the evidence suggests otherwise.
Journalists aren’t the only ones revealing a dire need for policy reform. Institutions world renowned for breakthrough research have gotten involved, too. For instance, Karen Feldscher at The Harvard Gazette promoted a joint study conducted by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Economics. According to the researchers, “the study confirmed that the US has substantially higher spending, worse population health outcomes, and worse access to care than other wealthy countries.” They identified the main culprits as excessive administrative costs, absurd average salaries, and the per capita spending on pharmaceutical drugs.
Don’t forget that the GOP remains hellbent on dismantling as much of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) as possible. It’s hard to fathom how or why any politician could justify an initiative that denies people access to affordable healthcare while simultaneously letting insurers apply questionable discretion over coverage. Some states are fortunately fighting back while their counterparts elsewhere play right along. That means adequate healthcare coverage is now often dependent on where we live.
Nisarg Patel at Slate openly despaired over that exact phenomenon last summer. “As blue states are building their own path towards universal coverage,” wrote Nisarg. “Red states have remained on course with the Trump administration, imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients and deregulated insurance markets.” Countless Americans have, as a result, now found themselves dangerously underinsured or tragically uninsured. Either way, there is still almost no escaping the medical industrial complex. Successfully navigating the healthcare system is itself a cumbersome undertaking despite the urgency required for numerous medical conditions and/or disorders.
The elderly are regularly the victim of our complicated healthcare system. Many sometimes struggle with cognitive functions essential to the due diligence and decision-making process. Add into the mix the fact that things like Medicare Annual Enrollment and Medicaid reimbursements are frequently time-sensitive. Access to reliable public resources has certainly never been better, but utilizing them inherently presupposes sufficient health literacy and cognitive function–neither of which is guaranteed.
The above dilemma hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially when it comes to the first factor. Scholars at Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Center on Society and Health declared education necessary for improving healthcare outcomes. According to them, “healthcare has a bigger impact for people with limited education than for those with more education.” Most of us focus exclusively on medical interventions when the data indicates that they only account for about 20% of outcomes. Contrast that with higher education, which has a disproportionate influence on long-term health outcomes plus a wide array of other benefits.
Suffice it to say that preserving our health and well being isn’t as easy as it ought to be. Overcoming obstacles is the reality for many Americans regardless of lifestyle. Defying the status quo is the only way to ensure the future is different.
There are plenty of reasons why people are switching from
traditional cigarettes to electronic smoking devices. There’s no ash, no tar,
and based on scientific research, they’re less harmful to your health, too. The
e-devices and the flavorful juices taste and smell wonderful, and smokers get
to choose their preferred level of nicotine. That’s something that’s hard to do
with a cigarette.
Did you know the American Cancer Society, a worldwide renowned expert on the negative health consequences of smoking, has deemed e-cigarettes less harmful than their original combustible counterparts? Today’s top health organizations are exploring how these popular alternatives affect people’s health, as well as how vaporization works in these devices and the science behind what’s going on inside your e-cigarette.
If you’re like any new hobbyist, or you simply want to learn more
about this booming trend, you probably have many questions. To help lead you
through all the hype, we’ve developed a helpful infographic that delves deep
into the science behind vaping. You’ll learn about vaporization, ingredients,
and so much more.
What Is Vaporization?
If you’ve been in the vape scene for any time at all, you’ve heard
the buzz about vaporization. What is it, and what does it have to do with your
overall electronic smoking experience? Learn how it’s your vape pen’s job to
change liquid into steam rapidly.
What Are the Different Components of an
Your inquiring mind wants to know more than just the science
behind vaporization. If you enjoy tinkering, then you’ll enjoy figuring out how
to take your device apart. Our guide goes over the basic parts that make up
your pen and what each piece does in the process. Maybe one day, you’ll be
building and replacing your own coils.
The atomizer is where the magic really happens. Learn how the wick
and the e-liquid work together to deliver delicious flavor and the voluminous clouds
most vapers are after. Just like the name implies, this handy piece of
equipment turns your favorite vape juice into a fine mist. You’ll learn what
happens next when you browse our enlightening guide.
What’s in Vape Juice?
Our infographic will shine a light on the various ingredients in
your favorite vape juice and the role each plays in delivering the best vaping
experience. This illuminating visual breaks down the difference between
vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol and why their concentration matters to
the average vaper.
Let’s not stop there. There is a ton more science to unearth, such as temperature. What temperature works the best with which ingredients? Learn how to avoid burning wicks, and uncover where vape juice gets converted to liquid.
Determine Ratios and Ohms
For those hardcore hobbyists that really want to dig into the
science of vaping, learn about ohms and how resistance makes a difference inside
your vape pen. You’ll find out which blends lead to which results, and so much
Take a look at our infographic now. You want information, and we’ve got it.
According to World Health Organization, mental health is “a state
of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can
cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully,
and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (1)
Keeping the balance
The old Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” (“a healthy mind
in a healthy body”) emphasizes the importance of the physical exercise in
keeping the mental well-being. There are studies that show how a healthy eating
habit and regular exercise can help to maintain the balance of mental and
Regular and healthy meals, proper exercises, getting enough sleep,
finding a vocation, and a fulfilling relationship, seeing a movie, listening to
the music, reading a book, hanging out with friends, taking a trip, getting a
massage, or getting a hug, stroking a pet, having a hobby remain the basic
methods to cope with stress, but sometimes is not enough, or may seem hard to
In our world full with stressors of all kinds, school or work
responsibilities, unemployment, financial problems, family duties, family
troubles, divorce, the search for a partner, the break-ups, losing a loved one,
or a physical illness can prevent us from doing regular exercises, due to lack
of time, lack of motivation, lack of physical strength.
Signs you may need to
talk to a physician or a therapist
If you often find yourself not feeling in the mood to get out, or
you don’t want to be part of social activities, if your mood swings are
frequent, and the feelings of sadness, fear, worry are persistent, if you
experience memory loss and confusion, delusions, or hallucinations, these
might be signs of a mental condition. Other symptoms may include: eating or
sleeping disorders, a decrease of school or work performances, inability to
cope with daily activities, substance abuse, unexplained physical ailments,
defiance of authority, truancy, theft, or vandalism. (2)
Mental health therapists
The first step is to see your general practitioner, he or she
might give you a referral to a mental health therapist: a psychologist, a
clinical counselor, a psychoanalyst, or a psychiatrist.
The psychiatrists diagnose and treat condition like schizophrenia,
dementia, depression, anxiety, sleeping disorders, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, bipolar disorder. They prescribe medication, but do not offer
counseling, generally they work with a psychologist or a counselor.
The psychologists diagnose and treat conditions like relationship
problems, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, learning
difficulties. They are allowed to prescribe medication only in a few states,
but they usually work with a psychiatrist.
There are all kind of
counselors: marital and family therapists, career counselors, relationship
counselor, drama therapist, or speech therapist, or counselors who work with
social care to help people with disabilities.
If you have a mild mental condition, a counselor can help you to cope with it, offering guidance for you to explore your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. If you suffer from a mental disorder, you will be referred to a psychologist or to a psychiatrist. At BetterHelp you can find therapists from many states and with a wide range of specializations. Also you can find a lot of useful information about mental health.
Be careful, if you are in a crisis, if you want to hurt yourself
or to hurt other people, or someone else shows these symptoms, do not use the
internet, call 911 for urgent help.
telemedicine are considered synonymous. In both situations it’s about the
physical distance between the patient and the health care provider. Both uses
information and communication technologies to deliver and exchange medical
information (or any kind of data related to health) in order to achieve
diagnosis, treatment plan and prevention of disease and injuries. Telemedicine
includes also research and evaluation and continuing education of health care
providers. However, a refined definition regards telemedicine as a
service delivered by physicians only, while telehealth can be provided by
“health professionals in general, including nurses, pharmacists, and others.”
The way patients see
telemedicine or telehealth showed improvements since the beginning of this
In an early study from
2000, telemedicine was used to deliver specialist oncology/haematology care.
Patients were satisfied with their teleconsultations, but also expressed
concerns regarding the limitations of such a service. (2)
Another study, published
in 2004, has shown a better perception of telemedicine. According to the
authors: “Despite concerns regarding its confidentiality and its ability to
approximate the social stimulation of in-person nursing visits, patients in
these pilot trials seemed satisfied with home telecare and appeared ready to
accept its widespread use. “ (3)
Also, a study released
in 2011 concluded that “[…] brief use of a Web-based telemedicine
service has a significant positive effect on patients’ perceptions of this
service. Therefore, as patients do not have prior experience with innovative
telemedicine services, offering patients a risk-free way to explore and
experiment with the service can increase the development of accurate
perceptions and user needs.” (4)
A recent study,
published in 2018, used telehealth for type 2 diabetes management. The patients
were pleased by telehealth improved access to care. Lots of them said they
would prefer telehealth care rather than their regular appointments at the doctor’s
office. However, “they would not want it to fully replace their
contacts with their doctor, especially when it comes to discussing more serious
health issues.” (5)
A short history of telemedicine
It can be said that telemedicine
started in the early 20th century when electrocardiograph data were transmitted
over telephone wires. Then, in the 1960s telemedicine was used for military and
space technology sectors.
between specialists of a psychiatric institute and general practitioners of a
state mental hospital were made through television.
It is interesting to
mention that in 1925, Hugo Gernsback, a radio pioneer, published an article
about a device called the “teledactyl” (tele, far; dactyl finger, from the
Greek). That device would permit doctors to see their patients through a
viewscreen, and to touch them from miles away with robot arms. That article
predicted telemedicine, we can say. (6)
Nowadays telehealth has
reimbursement method is not very clear, the telehealth is reaching more
patients, some of them being willing to pay a fee for the teleconsultation.
However, 38 states plus
District of Columbia require private insurance companies to pay for telehealth.
Intended to be used in disadvantaged areas, like
poor or developing countries, with lack of medical care, telehealth has begun
to spread over the world, as the access to the internet and to the specialized
gadgets and devices becomes more affordable. The patient is able to measure
their blood sugar level, or their blood pressure and the data are transmitted
to the health care provider. Also, the video conferences allow the patient to
speak directly to the physician or to the counselor.
We already mentioned
diabetes type 2 home surveillance. There are also post-surgical follow-ups and
post-hospital discharges where telehealth is used to keep in touch with the
patients. Also, telehealth addresses chronic condition, especially in
seniors, for whom might be difficult to leave the home. Telemedicine can also
be used for a prescription renewal, or for treatment management.
People may use
telehealth for other reasons, like they do not have to pay for the
transportation to the doctor’s office, or they do not have time to wait.
Teleconsultations are scheduled and the patient gets a reminder to ensure he or
she will be online for the appointment.
Telehealth can be useful
for behavioral health, or mental health, because the patient feels in a secure environment talking to the
counselor from his own home. Be careful, though, if you are in a crisis, or
someone is in a crisis, or it’s an emergency, do not use telehealth. Seek for
immediate help by calling 911 in the U.S. or 112 in Europe. Every telehealth
provider should have a list of numbers to call when there is an emergency.
It’s well-known that living in New York City can be extremely stressful. With so much going on around you, it’s hard to find a time to relax and catch your breath, especially if you’re also dealing with school or work-related stress. With that in mind, here are some ways to reduce stress and anxiety while living in NYC.
Find a therapist
First, try enlisting the help of a professional. A simple online search, such as “therapist in NYC,” or “therapist near me” will yield a multitude of results. You can also try asking friends and family for recommendations. Talking to a therapist will help you get to the root of your anxiety. You’ll learn coping mechanisms to use anytime you start feeling overwhelmed. In addition to helping you fight stress and anxiety, therapy can provide you with a ton of other benefits.
Your therapist will also provide guidance on how to make sure your body is prepared to handle any stress that might come your way. Stress and anxiety can weaken your body and cause physical symptoms if left untreated — in fact, too much stress can actually make you sick. Eating healthy, drinking enough water, and setting aside time to focus on yourself are all essential.
Get enough sleep
Since noise pollution is rampant throughout the city, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. Noise pollution is disruptive and can keep your body in high alert when you should be asleep. When you’re experiencing a lack of sleep, you’ll become more easily distressed, as well as irritable and restless. Noise pollution has been attributed to increased rates of cardiovascular disease, psychological issues, and other negative stress responses.
You should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. You can reduce noise in your apartment by sleeping with earplugs, hanging heavy curtains or sealing your windows, and hanging coverings on your walls to block and absorb the noise. To help you fall asleep, you may choose to visit your doctor who might recommend melatonin or meditating for a few minutes before bed. Remember to put away your phone at least a half-hour before you plan on going to bed.
Hit the gym
Try to find time to hit the gym. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress by boosting your brain’s production of endorphins. Along with making you feel good in the moment, regular physical activity helps increase self-confidence and reduces symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Exercise can also be helpful in falling asleep easier.
The gym is also a great way to meditate because it’ll force you to concentrate on your body’s movements rather than what happened the other day at work. Once you begin regularly going to the gym, your brain will become used to focusing on a single task, which can be a useful skill in most things you do. If you’re hesitant to go alone, ask a friend or co-worker to come with you.
Find things that make you happy
It’s easy to feel suffocated when all you do is go to work, come home, and sleep. Find activities that you enjoy and make time for them. Whether it’s shopping, checking out a museum, or creating art, the possibilities are virtually endless in NYC. You’re in the center of everything, so try picking up some new hobbies and making new acquaintances and friends. Finding things that make you feel content will help reduce stress and anxiety as well as allow you to dedicate time toward bettering yourself.
Overcoming the stress and anxiety of living in NYC can seem like a monumental task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can start feeling happier and learn how to effectively deal with feeling overwhelmed. All in all, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.
Hair loss is a problem that a lot of people experience. For some people, the hair fall doesn’t affect the overall look of their hair. Unfortunately for some, their hair loss leads to a visible scalp or receding hairlines. The good news is that a hairline transplant procedure that can treat this problem. However, not everyone is a good candidate for such treatment.
are a few factors that a doctor will check to determine whether you can get the
procedure done or not.
Your Hair Type
has different hair types. Wavy and curly hair are generally thick, and if you
have this hair type, you’re a good candidate for a hairline transplant. Thick
hair can hide bald spots very well. Light – which is reflected by your scalp –
won’t pass through thick hair, which will make your bald spots less noticeable.
with straight hair are not necessarily bad candidates. If your hair is straight
but thick, then you have a high chance of a successful transplant because of
the coverage that thick hair provides. However, if your hair is straight and
thin, it’s hard to cover up the thinning areas and bald spots, reducing your
rate of success.
usually older people – those who are 30 years old and above – who are the best
candidates for a hairline transplant procedure. Doctors are generally careful
in considering people who are 30 years old or younger.
Teens and young adults can experience hair loss, too. However, their hair loss still has the potential to be treated in a nonsurgical way. For instance, there are conditioners, special creams, and products that can reverse the damage. Additionally, the progress of their hair loss could still change, so undergoing a hairline transplant procedure at a young age may be unnecessary or too soon.
Your Hair Loss Type
hair loss conditions and their severity can also affect your eligibility for
the treatment. People with male or female pattern baldness are great candidates
because they only lose hair on some parts of their scalp, which means they have
a good amount of hair donors.
you have alopecia, then you’re not a good candidate for a hairline transplant
procedure because you have poor hair donors, leading to unfavorable results.
Undergoing a hair transplant will only waste your time and money.
Your Health Condition
you’re undergoing any kind of surgical procedure, including a hairline
transplant, it’s necessary that you’re in good general health. Surgeries can
take a toll on your body, so you need to be physically fit. A balanced diet and
regular exercise can help you stay in shape.
should discuss any illnesses you have and the treatment you’re undergoing with
your doctor. Certain diseases can worsen your hair loss problem. The
medications you currently take may also adversely affect your body, including
your hair. Transparency in your medical conditions and the medications you’re
taking will help your doctor create the best treatment plan for you.
Your Dedication to Post-Procedure
may have gone through the hard part, which is the surgery, but it’s not over
yet. After the surgery, you need ample time to recover. You’ll receive
instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure.
need to follow the instructions carefully to ensure the success of the
treatment and your fast recovery. If you’re the kind of person who can follow
post-procedure care, you can push through with the treatment. If you can’t,
perhaps hiring someone to remind you to take your medicines or care for you, is
healthcare plans don’t cover hairline transplant procedures, which are not
cheap. The surgery cost usually ranges from $4,000 to $15,000. Additional costs
include the medicines and supplements you need to take after the procedure.
transplants are also not a one-time thing. You may need several visits to the
doctor to ensure you get your desired results. You shouldn’t miss appointments
just because you don’t have the money for it as it may affect the success of
recovery period may also take some time. If you can’t show up to work, then you
won’t receive any salary.
unless you have a source of passive income, it’s best to save up for the whole
you qualify according to the factors above, then your thinning hair and bald
spots may still be resolved through a hairline transplant procedure. Talk to
your doctor and make sure you thoroughly understand all the possible outcomes
before undergoing the procedure.